Published on March 1, 2012 at 12:00 pm For Jim Boeheim, Syracuse’s game against Louisville ended in a fitting way.In the final 2:11, neither team recorded a single point. During that span, Dion Waiters had a layup blocked, he missed an open jumper and missed a free throw on the front end of a one-and-one.Louisville couldn’t connect with a bucket, either. The Cardinals turned the ball over twice, missed a reverse layup and fumbled a last-ditch effort from half court at the buzzer.‘It probably should have ended that way,’ the SU head coach said after the game Feb. 13, ‘because it was really a defensive struggle the whole game.’Syracuse emerged from the conference battle to escape from the KFC Yum! Center with a 52-51 victory over Louisville. With the one-point win, SU snapped a seven-game losing streak against the Cardinals dating back to Feb. 18, 2006. Both teams struggled mightily on offense and finished the game shooting less than 35 percent.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘It was just a struggle for both teams offensively, and you can either give the defenses credit or say it was a bad offensive game,’ Boeheim said. ‘We’re going to look on the bright side and say it was a real defensive struggle tonight.’The Orange struggled early on, failing to reach the 10-point plateau until Kris Joseph hit a jumper with 8:24 left to play in the first half. But Louisville was equally inept on offense, and Joseph’s bucket cut SU’s deficit to 13-11.Brandon Triche said Syracuse’s offensive inefficiency was largely a result of its inability to crack the Cardinals’ matchup zone with its pick-and-roll sets. Louisville’s defense stifled the Orange and UL went into halftime with a 24-22 lead.‘The pick-and-roll, we usually use that a lot against man-to-man, but it wasn’t working against the zone,’ the junior guard said. ‘We could have just penetrated by ourselves and found guys open and penetrated again once they were flying at us. But we didn’t do that. We could have fixed that, but we didn’t.’Each team endured more tough stretches after the break. After SU took a 36-35 lead with less than 14 minutes remaining in the second half, both teams went scoreless for three minutes.The Orange picked up some momentum with a 6-0 run capped by a C.J. Fair slam, but Louisville countered with its own 16-4 run to take a five-point lead with less than four minutes to go.‘They went on their run,’ Joseph said. ‘They were at home. You got to expect it. They hadn’t made it yet.’And in a game marked by offensive struggles, it seemed the Cardinals had dealt the Orange a knockout blow with that late scoring burst.But Louisville failed to score over the final 3:38, and Fair put SU out in front for good with an uncontested layup with 2:11 to go. Syracuse made the necessary stops down the stretch to protect its lead and close out the victory.‘We knew we needed stops,’ Triche said. ‘We just planned on trying to get one stop at a time. … We missed some shots, so it wasn’t like we just got hot. We just made sure we stopped those guys from scoring.’—Compiled by Andrew Tredinnick, asst. copy editor, [email protected] Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
The 2010 World Cup winners have been unpredictable of late, having been dumped out by Russia in the last 16 of the World Cup and then missing out on the Nations League finals after a home loss to England.“The team responded well to their equaliser. You always have the dream and aim of achieving something important,” Ramos told Spanish television channel TVE.“We’re in a new stage with a coach who has a fantastic style of play. We’ll take things game by game. We’ll pick up more confidence from winning.”Coach Luis Enrique named an attacking line-up, with Marco Asensio, Alvaro Morata and Rodrigo all starting, and it was the latter who volleyed home the opener from Jordi Alba’s cross in the 16th minute.Winger Jesus Navas created several other early chances for his teammates on his first Spain appearance since March 2014, but Rodrigo headed over and Morata was denied by away goalkeeper Rune Jarstein.Norway started to grow into the game and were handed a chance to draw level in the 65th minute when Inigo Martinez grabbed Bjorn Johnsen, and Bournemouth striker Joshua King stepped up to slot past David de Gea.Spain wasted little time in getting their noses back in front, though, as Jarstein felled Morata to concede a 71st-minute penalty.Centre-back Ramos stepped up and confidently dispatched a ‘Panenka’ spot-kick down the middle to score his 16th goal of the season for club and country.– Kean makes his mark –Remember the name: Kean scored on his first Italy start © AFP / Andreas SOLAROJuventus youngster Kean, 19, became the youngest striker to start for Italy in more than a century as Roberto Mancini’s men saw off Finland 2-0.Italy got off to a flying start in Udine, as Nicolo Barella gave them a seventh-minute lead with his maiden international goal.The 22-year-old Cagliari midfielder hammered home a low volley after a free-kick was only half-cleared by the Finnish defence.The day belonged to Kean, though, as he slotted in the second with 16 minutes to play to mark his full debut in style.“To become part of Azzurri history is an added incentive to keep working,” said Kean.“There are many goals ahead of me and my aim is to achieve them. I wanted to show that I deserved this chance from Mancini.”Italy are top of the early Group J standings ahead of Bosnia and Herzegovina, who edged out Armenia 2-1 as captain Edin Dzeko became the first player in their history to be capped 100 times.The other game in the group saw Greece win 2-0 against Liechtenstein in Vaduz.– Ireland struggle in Gibraltar –Earlier on Saturday, Mick McCarthy made an inauspicious start to his second stint in charge of the Republic of Ireland as his team laboured to a 1-0 victory over Gibraltar.The 60-year-old McCarthy, who led Ireland to the 2002 World Cup last 16 before resigning later that year, was reappointed manager last November, replacing Martin O’Neill.The result leaves Ireland second in the early Group D table behind Switzerland, who beat Georgia 2-0, but McCarthy will know he has plenty of work to do after seeing his men struggle to claim just their second win in 12 matches.Gibraltar almost took a shock lead early in the second half, but captain Roy Chipolina saw his header brilliantly saved by Darren Randolph.Ireland took the lead less than two minutes later, though, as Burnley midfielder Jeff Hendrick slotted home his second international goal from David McGoldrick’s cutback.But the 194th-ranked team in the world did not give up and almost found an equaliser when 37-year-old forward Lee Casciaro curled wide after a fine team move.Elsewhere, World Cup quarter-finalists Sweden made a winning start in Group F as midfielders Robin Quaison and Viktor Claesson both scored in the space of seven first-half minutes in a 2-1 success over Romania.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Centre-back Ramos has scored 16 goals for club and country this term © AFP / JOSE JORDANParis, France, Mar 24 – Sergio Ramos scored a second-half penalty to help Spain beat a spirited Norway 2-1 on Saturday in their opening Euro 2020 qualifier, while teenage striker Moise Kean netted in Italy’s win over Finland.Spain were not at their clinical best in Valencia, but got their Group F campaign off to a solid start despite Norway threatening an upset.
SPECIAL REPORT: Donegal musicians John Cutliffe and Rory Gallagher team up with a multitude of Irish and international talent to raise money for children in Gaza. The summer of 2014 war was devastating the Gaza strip. More than 2,000 people were killed, 600 of which were children.Donegal musician John Cutliffe was in East jerusalem when he heard that patients from Gaza were being brought to Palestinian hospitals in the area. He went for what he thought would be one visit to see if there was anything he could do. That was the start of five weeks of daily visits to three different hospitals in the area. The wounded were men, women and children. in many cases they had lost everything including most of their family members, their homes and all their belongings. John along with other volunteers would visit the patients, find out what they needed and then go shopping to find them the essentials to just get by in the new scary surroundings.The children especially moved John and he was often overcome with emotion he had to find a quiet place to break down a little. Most people needed a lot of items but all they really wanted was to have someone visit them and understand. In the weeks John and his friends were there they saw horrific injuries and many of the patients died while they were in the hospital.John wrote a song for a little girl he met there called Shyma, who symbolised the sheer horror of what was happening. She was just four and had seen most of her family killed in the explosion that injured her. She was innocent and scared and hurt. One day when John was chatting to her she finally smiled for the first time.The next morning while waiting for a lift John wrote the bare bones of the song. “The melody of the verse was there and Shyma’a smiled lyric but very little else, just a feel for what it should be,” he said.John sent the shell of the song to his friend Rory Gallagher from Kilcar, Co. Donegal in Lanzarote who finished it, making it a modern day lullaby for peace.Now John has gathered friends from the UK, Ireland and even Jerusalem to sing and play on this song. With a zero budget he and some very talented and helpful people recorded in studios all over the world to work on this song, sending tracks to John in his current home of Amman in Jordan. The final tracks are being mixed in Nashville by a top engineer.All profits from the downloads of the song will go to two charities helping children in Gaza as they face an uncertain future – The Palestinian Red Crescent and The Qattan Center for the Child.The song features talented & well known artists; Rory Gallagher. John Cutliffe, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, Liam O Maonlai, Donogh Hennessy, Honor Heffernan, Martin Tourish, Wee Glee Singers, Jerusalem Children’s Choir, Brian Mullan, Laurence Doherty, Clare Lindley, Claire McDaid, Kevin Cutliffe, Sophia Brock, Caroline Cutliffe. You can find more details & dates of when the song will be released on https://www.facebook.com/shymasmiledDONEGAL MUSICIANS RORY GALLAGHER AND JOHN CUTLIFFE LAUNCH SONG FOR GAZA was last modified: November 28th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:charityconflictGAZAJohn CutliffeRory Gallaghershymasmiledsong